cocotte

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[ koh-kot, kuh-; French kaw-kawt ]

noun,plural co·cottes [koh-kots; French kaw-kawt]. /koʊˈkɒts; French kɔˈkɔt/.
  1. a high-class female prostitute in the second half of the 19th century and the very early 20th century; demimondaine.

Origin of cocotte

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First recorded in 1865–70; from French: originally a child's word for a hen, equivalent to coq cock1 + -otte feminine suffix

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Other definitions for cocotte (2 of 2)

cocotte2
[ koh-kot, kuh-; French kaw-kawt ]

noun,plural co·cottes [koh-kots; French kaw-kawt]. /koʊˈkɒts; French kɔˈkɔt/.
  1. a round or oval casserole, usually of earthenware or fireproof porcelain, used especially for cooking an individual portion of meat, fowl, or game.

Origin of cocotte

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1865–70; <French: small cast-iron pot for stewing meat; alteration, by suffix substitution, of Middle French cocasse, coquasse applied to various receptacles, obscurely akin to coquemar kettle, by uncertain mediation <Medieval Greek koukoumárion (or its presumed VL source), ultimately derivative of Latin cucuma kettle

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How to use cocotte in a sentence

  • Where our authors have had the effrontery to write the word “cocotte” in black and white, they replace it by the word “actress.”

    The English Stage | Augustin Filon
  • Paris has always accepted without countenancing the properous cocotte.

    I, Mary MacLane | Mary MacLane
  • You must not confuse the demi-mondaine with the grande cocotte.

    In Vanity Fair | Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd
  • Not a word did he say to his wife, but all night watched over cocotte in the stable.

    The Counts of Gruyre | Mrs. Reginald de Koven
  • Was it possible that this coldly voluptuous madonna belonged to the class of born wantons, that she was a coquette, a cocotte?

    The Confession of a Fool | August Strindberg

British Dictionary definitions for cocotte

cocotte

/ (kəʊˈkɒt, kə-, French kɔkɔt) /


noun
  1. a small fireproof dish in which individual portions of food are cooked and served

  2. a prostitute or promiscuous woman

Origin of cocotte

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C19: from French, from nursery word for a hen, feminine of coq cock 1

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